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2015 New Hampshire: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Race Notebook
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 19, 2015 - 08:16 PM
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2015 New Hampshire: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Race Notebook

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

Kevin Harvick settles for third after late snafu on pit road

LOUDON, N.H. - Until an uncharacteristic miscue on pit road cost him precious track position late in Sundayís 5-Hour ENERGY 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick appeared a likely candidate for Victory Lane.

Harvick was leading the race when NASCAR called the sixth caution of the event on lap 251 because of fluid on the track. But after a slow four-tire stop, Harvickís No. 4 Chevrolet was fifth off pit road and restarted sixth because eventual race winner Kyle Busch stayed out on seven-lap-old tires.

Harvick quickly moved to fourth, and on Lap 288 of 301 he passed Joey Logano for the third spot. But the reigning series champion couldnít overcome the loss of track position on pit road.

Nevertheless, Harvick believed the four-tire call was the right one.

"I think we had the right strategy, just a little miscue on the last pit stop," he said. "Those guys have done great all year. They did great today. It just took me a little longer to get around a couple of those cars and lost the track position.

"I just have to thank everybody (on our team) for everything they do. We were off on Friday, and we were able to really rebound and have a good Saturday and good race car today. Itís encouraging for two months."

Two months hence, that is, when the Cup series returns to New Hampshire for the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.


After qualifying 23rd and having his No. 24 Chevrolet damaged during a run-in with Clint Bowyer in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Saturday, Jeff Gordon reversed his ill fortune in Sundayís race.

Though he fought the handling of his car late in the race, Gordon held on for a ninth-place finish, improving 14 spots over his starting position.

"Honestly, thatís the kind of effort that this team has been putting in a lot lately," Gordon said. "We havenít been coming to the track in the position that we really feel like we could be, like we were last year. Weíve got some catch-up to do there; but, my gosh, one thing weíre not lacking is determination and just the ability to overcome adversity. Iím really proud of that.

"The car was actually pretty good. When they dropped the green, we were good for about the first half of the race. But the second half of the race, we just couldnít keep up with the track conditions. Iím not sure exactly what went on, but we were just kind of holding on there at the end. But it was still a nice top 10."


An unusually hot New Hampshire day produced temperatures that adversely affected several drivers, even with cool boxes as standard issue in the cars.

Both Michael Annett and Matt DiBenedetto were treated in the infield care center for heat-related issues after the race. Both were released soon afterward.

"Everybodyís working real hard inside the cars," fifth-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. told PRNís Steve Richards. "This is a track where youíve got to drive real, real hard every lap. The corners donít work for you to where you can kind of settle into a pace.

"Youíre working the car into the corner real loose and real tight in the center, and youíre working your guts out. Itís just a good thing they didnít call any red flags. Weíd have had some heat strokes out there. Itís pretty warm."

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